Being the sole caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a one way ticket to experiencing extremely high levels of stress, no matter how much you love the person or how much patience you have as an individual, the stress can become so overwhelming that it begins to affect you in ways you may not have thought possible.
The inherent stress of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can easily lead to burnout, even if you are an absolute angel, and it's learning to read the signs of burnout before they take a permanent hold on you that is really important to maintaining a healthy mental and physical balance.
Even the most courageous of us can become so worn out that we start withdrawing from our usual day to day activities, anxiety about what will happen if your loved one falls or hurts themselves, which can easily head down the slippery slope to depression and feelings of simply not being able to cope.
It's important to you and your loved one that you recognise the signs of caregiver stress early and find constructive ways of managing them before they take hold and affect the quality of life in the whole family!
Being a better caregiver means taking good care of yourself first, making sure that you eat well, exercise and get as much rest as possible, and finding time for yourself should be top of your list!
Let CareChamp offer you respite care that can be arranged to suit your schedule, even if it's just for a few hours a couple of days a week; knowing that your loved one is safely cared for by a trained caregiver is going to give you a much needed break in which to recharge your batteries and reconnect with life.
Don't let caregiver stress get the better of you when you have a fantastic team like CareChamp available to offer you and your loved one a better quality of life with trusted, professional respite care!